What is "dictator style"? For Donald Trump, it's celebrating winning on a private jet while eating a Big Mac. He's a "man of the people" with bad hair, oversized suits and a notorious trucker hat.
On the other hand, according to Peter York, author of Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World's Most Colorful Despots, "Trump's design aesthetic is fascinatingly out of line with America’s past and present."
"The apartments his company actually sells bear no resemblance to the one he lives in," York said. "But that doesn’t mean his taste comes from nowhere. At one level, it’s aspirational, meant to project the wealth so many citizens can only dream of. But it also has important parallels… with something more recent. The best aesthetic descriptor of Trump’s look, I’d argue, is dictator style."
York's 10 rules of dictator style include tips like "Go big [i.e.,] ludicrously overscale" and "repro" (brand new), "draw from hotels" and use glass, second to only gold.
"Dictators also like known-value items—things that people will understand instantly, aka brands," York added. "If you’ve got Lamborghinis and Ferraris out front, you want the equivalent inside: Aubusson carpets (new copies, of course), Chinese Ming vases (ditto) and bright Versace-style fabrics. Of course, the cult of personality needs iconography, too, and that means pictures of yourself."
Act.TV did a side-by-side comparison of Trump's homes with those of dictators like Romania's Nicolae Ceaușescu, Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. The similarities are both hilarious and haunting.
‘They’re terrified’: MSNBC contributor reveals GOPer’s are running scared of Trump despite bogus ‘heads on pikes’ outrage
Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" Esquire editor-at-large Charles Pierce explained that he was in attendance when Republican lawmakers professed outrage at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) after he noted a CBS report that stated they are under threat from Donald Trump aides that he will see their heads on "pikes" if they cross him.
According to Pierce, they are, in fact, "terrified" that the president might one day turn on them.
Speaking with host Joy Reid, the popular Esquire columnist ridiculed the Republican senators for the position they have found themselves in by supporting the president.
Trump defense team’s two most ‘egregious constitutional claims’ blown up by law professor: They ‘have impeachment exactly backwards’
Trump defender Kingston shamed into silence by MSNBC’s Joy Reid after blizzard of lies on impeachment
MSNBC host Joy Reid showed no patience with former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) on Sunday morning as the advocate for the re-election of Donald Trump repeatedly was called out for lying about the facts of the Ukraine corruption case against Donald Trump as well as the House impeachment trial.
Sitting on a panel with the Intercept's Mehdi Hasan, Kingston was given the first crack at addressing the defense case put forth by Trump's lawyers on the Senate floor on Saturday, only to be pulled up short by the MSNBC host after stating a falsehood, for which he received an admonishment.
With Kingston claiming Democratic members of the Senate who are currently running for their party's presidential nomination did not attend the Saturday hearing, Reid quickly cut him off.